What is best time to visit Everest Base Camp?
The best time to visit Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek can be anytime in between February to May and September to October. In the spring season i.e. from February to May, the weather is dry and stable which makes walking easier. Also, the views of mountains are perfect. The best part of trekking in spring is the fantastic views of rhododendron forests with flower blossom. If you opt for Everest Base Camp Trek at anytime between September to October, you will be able to see the magnificent mountains covered with white glittering snow. This time of year is less crowded than the spring season. If a little cold weather doesn’t bother you, then September to October is an ideal time for you to trek to Everest Base Camp. Monsoon and core winter is not recommended for travelling to the Everest Base Camp.
Is it necessary to hire a porter?
It is not necessary to hire a porter if you are a experienced trekker and know how to pack light. But if you are trekking in Nepal for the first time we suggest you to hire a porter because you are not familiar with the landscapes and the altitude. So, for that reason also we would suggest you hire a porter. Other than that carrying others bags is a way of income for them.
Can I do trek in the Himalayas even if I have never done one?
Yes, you can do. But we suggest you to do some exercise before the trek. Start exercising like a month before your trek starts. In fact, Nepal is best place for first timer. There are several types of trekking in Nepal for instance, from easy to very difficult. Thus, we will help you to find the perfect trek which will match for you.
What about electronics?
We suggest you to bring any kind of power bank for your electronics in case you are travelling to remote places of Nepal. Even if you are not still we would like remind you to bring one. Since, most of the remote areas don’t have electricity, we suggest you to bring solar power bank. If you don’t want your phone or camera never to go out of charge. Most important thing Nepal uses 220V. So bring an universal plug and adapter kit for your electronics which is suitable for this voltage.
What about hygiene standard of Nepal?
We suggest to bring a mask since there is pollution in city areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara. And as per food, restaurants only uses fresh products and vegetables. If you are doing trekking then you might get limited options of food. But every dishes will be made by organic and fresh ingredients. And as per water, we suggest you to bring water purifier and only drink boiled water or bottled water.
Is it okay to take photograph of People?
Yes, it is okay to take pictures but we would suggest you to ask them first. In fact, they will be happy if you will give them print copies too. Most of people in villages even didn’t have a printed photographs of them. So, getting a photos of them will make them happy.
How can we get TIMS card?
For Free Individual Trekker
Individual trekker can get TIMS card from offices of Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu and Pokahra. Or you can also obtain from TAAN Secretariat at Maligaon in Nepal. And TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara after filing up the application form.
For Organized Trekker
For organized trekker, they will not need to do all the hassle of going to the offices for the TIMS card. Their trekking company will collect data and enter it in the central database. And will provide trekkers with a TIMS card after paying fee.
Why TIMS card is necessary?
If you are wondering why TIMS is necessary then we will answer your concern. Many people who are travelling to Nepal seems confused why it is necessary.
Actually all the information about the people travelling to Nepal should be put on a computerized database Management System. This TIMS card system is actually for the benefit of the traveler. The computerized information is useful for the safety and security of the trekkers. In case anyone is missing then with this information search and rescue operations can operate easily. As we have no hold on the weather so unthinkable can happen. No one knows what will happen. Natural disaster, natural calamities can happen in no time and we can’t stop those too. So, in order to find the victims during that kind of situation this information will be helpful.
Furthermore, through this system government of Nepal can keep the data of the number of traveler visiting Nepal. Also, this system helps to maintain a record that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all stakeholders:- tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.
Likewise, this system helps to recognize the unauthorized trekking operations. Thus, it helps to control such type of operations. Therefore, it is a step towards better management of trekking service. Similarly, it prevents untoward incidents from happening. All in all, it helps to upgrade the service standard and contribute for better management of sustainable tourism in Nepal.
What is best Season For Trekking?
To be specific – spring season i.e. March to May and autumn season i.e. September to November is the best time to visit Nepal. These periods are also referred to as the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal. You can visit Nepal at any time during these intervals. The best aspect of trekking in spring is that the weather is moderate, dry and you can see rhododendron blossom throughout the forests on your trekking route. At this time, even your chance of encountering wildlife’s in the jungle increases. Similarly, in autumn, the weather is dry and clear. Autumn season offers clear visibility and one can get best views of mountains and surroundings even from a distant location. There are no clouds and the sky is clear blue.
Winter season i.e. December to February is very cold. The mountainous area of Nepal is covered with snow therefore walking through the route in winter gets troublesome. There are chances of avalanches too. Coldness is the major problem as it’s very cold up there in the mountains. Similarly, rainy season is very unpleasant. The wet paths, slippery roads, leeches, flight delays and gloomy days! Hence, no one would want out go out during Rainy season.
Hence, if you are opting for treks in Nepal, March to May and September to November is the best season. However, if you are visiting Nepal for short tours, cultural tour or jungle safari then the best time to visit Nepal is throughout the year.
How to Get Visa to Nepal?
Traveling to Nepal is easy for foreign travelers. But many wonders How to get a VISA to Nepal? You can get a visa to Nepal directly at the airport in Kathmandu. If you think, all those formalities at the airport would be tiresome; then you can apply for a visa to Nepal from your home country as well. Contact embassy of Nepal nearest to your home country. You need to have a valid passport and two passports sized photographs for obtaining a visa. With the help of passport, photographs and visa fees, you can get the visa to Nepal for a certain time interval. The visa can be of 15 days or 30 days or 90 days as per your necessity.
If you are traveling to Nepal via borders i.e. via Indian or Chinese border, you can obtain a visa from the custom points in Nepal. For instance, the custom points through which you can enter into Nepal are Nepalgunj, Birgunj/Raxaul, Sunauli, Kakarbhitta, Mahendranagar, and Dhangadhi at the Nepal/ India border. And Rasuwagadhi checkpoint at the Nepal/ China border. Therefore, you don’t need many documents to get a VISA. All you need is a valid passport, two passports sized photos and money to pay the visa fees!